Stefan Knapp has written a byline article in which he discusses 12 disruptive technologies that can drive significant improvements in the quality of life for the world’s population, helping organisations achieve the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals in the process by presenting them with lucrative business opportunities. By applying these technologies we could be looking at an estimated economic growth of 12 trillion, half of which will be realised in developing countries, according to the UN Global Compact.
He goes on to present the technologies - unmanned air systems, autonomous road vehicles, additive manufacturing, artificial intelligence, the next generation robotics, virtual and augmented reality, internet of things, big data, blockchain, gene editing, the microbiome and digital agriculture - and highlight their potential and maturity.
Stefan explains that by compiling this list of technologies the UN Global Compact is showing how local businesses can help achieve sustainable goals, not just by behaving in a responsible manner, but also by finding and exploiting new business models. A true win-win scenario for all of us.
Stefan Knapp is a business transformation expert at PA Consulting Group